Brehm Preparatory School hosted our first ever Youth Business Fair on Saturday, May 5th. Brehm students developed a brand, created a product or service, built a marketing strategy, and then opened for customers at our one-day marketplace.
This event was sponsored by Acton Academy of Acton Children’s Business Fair, Brehm Foundation, SIU Credit Union, Pepsi Mid-America, and the generous support of our donors and volunteers. We all believe that principled entrepreneurs are heroes and role models for the next generation.
We had 18 booths of food, beverage, art, services, custom orders, designs, and more. Students varied in levels of support and independence with their planned projects. Weekly recs were offered as an option for additional time to plan and prepare for the big market day. The original intent of the Youth Business Fair aimed for individual students or student partnerships to run a micro-business for profit for one afternoon, but we got creative at Brehm! A few classes collaborated to create a store together and voted to donate profits to charity. A couple of clubs ran businesses as a tool for fundraising. The rest ran their stores as young entrepreneurs!
This hands-on learning opportunity provided a range of skills students opted-in to practice: customer service, persuasion (pitching their product), exchanging money, investing their allowance or advocating for micro-loans for approval, planning out and organizing the expenses and time to create a product, researching product, and understanding different perspectives (target audience).
Customers remarked how happy and proud many of our business owners appeared – they created a product and watched people enjoy it. There were a variety of presentation skills displayed such as detailed laminated menus, business uniforms, and themed colors through the product and booth. A couple of businesses did not reach their intended product number by the fair date, but used creative problem solving to take custom orders for the future!
We would like to thank our community judges, Stephanie Brown from the Autism Society of Southern Illinois and Melissa Lewis from Walker’s Bluff for judging the Youth Business Fair. We had three categories for awards which included: “Most Business Potential,” “Most Creative Idea,” and “Most Impressive Presentation.”
Congratulations to our Youth Business Fair winners:
“Joe’s Joe” for Most Business Potential
“The Rainbow Bakery” (benefiting Brehm’s new GSA) for Most Impressive Presentation
“Your Junk is Art” for Most Creative Idea
We would like to thank all students who participated in either having a business or by coming to the fair. A big thank you to all the customers who came out to support our students. Our young entrepreneurs couldn’t have this experience without you!
Read more at http://www.brehm.org/2018-youth-business-fair/.
Building community partnerships (one of the seven gears in the Future Ready Framework) has been instrumental in supporting Bristol Township School District’s transition to student-centered learning. Through partnerships with Digital Promise—a Future Ready Schools® (FRS) founding partner—and the Verizon Foundation, Bristol Township launched a one-to-one student-to-device initiative at its two middle schools in 2015. Now,…
Whether they are teaching multiplication facts with the video game Minecraft or exploring engineering concepts in a Lego-themed makerspace, educators in Pennsylvania’s Montour School District always ask themselves, “Is this best for children?”—not just for today, but for the future students will face as adults. “Our entire school community, led by our superintendent and school…
Avonworth School District Engages Students with Community-Based Projects and Innovative Classroom Spaces
The mission of Avonworth School District in western Pennsylvania is to “empower students through authentic experiences to become creative, innovative thinkers.” To fulfill that mission, the district embarked on a strategic planning process to determine what is most important for the district’s 1,856 students to learn and how they should learn it. Through that process,…